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03-26-2004, 10:30 PM
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Junior Lessard to sign soon...

As Pock (NYR) and Danis (MTL) both signed recently as UFAs with NHL teams, Junior Lessard is apparently the next of these Hobey Baker finalists to draw interest...

TSN's powerplay said that he has drawn interest from 10 to 15 NHL teams and should sign in the next couple weeks.

All I know about Junior Lessard is that he is a scoring forward who originaly comes from Quebec. Anyone here (paging Montreal!) know about him? Syle of player? Similar to an NHLer? Should the Candiens have interest in him?

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As Pock (NYR) and Danis (MTL) both signed recently as UFAs with NHL teams, Junior Lessard is apparently the next of these Hobey Baker finalists to draw interest...

TSN's powerplay said that he has drawn interest from 10 to 15 NHL teams and should sign in the next couple weeks.

All I know about Junior Lessard is that he is a scoring forward who originaly comes from Quebec. Anyone here (paging Montreal!) know about him? Syle of player? Similar to an NHLer? Should the Candiens have interest in him?
He is 24 years old and not very big. This year was the first big season he has had in the NCAA. A poor man's Marc-Andre Thinel and a year older. Coached by an ex Hab, Scott Sandelin, at UMD.


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A poor man's Marc-Andre Thinel and a year older.
That's a pretty weak compliment. In fact that isn't a compliment at all.

He's 6 feet and 195 pounds. That isn't huge but it isn't small by NHL standards either. He was 2nd on his team in scoring last year so he didn't come out out of the blue. He has had the highest point total in the NCAA this season. His points per game average is only about 0.2 below Zach Parise. Not too shabby if you ask me.


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That's a pretty weak compliment. In fact that isn't a compliment at all.
Well, Thinel was scoring 100+ points in the QMJHL at the same time as Lessard was scoring 100+ points in the Tier II MJHL. Thinel is a year younger. So take it from there. Lessard is about 10 pounds heavier, for what that is worth.

Players like Mark Hartigan, Chris Kunitz, Peter Sejna had big seasons as seniors and signed big contracts, but it doesn't look like they will get out of the AHL. When you see how difficult it is for a player like Chris Higgins or Chuck Kobasew who were top scorers and All Stars in the NCAA when they were 18 or 19, it isn't very promising for a 23 or 24 year old.


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Junior Lessard
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Born May 26 1980 -- St. Joseph deBeauce, PQ
Height 5.11 -- Weight 185

--- Regular Season ---
Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
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2000-01 U. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 36 4 8 12 12
2001-02 U. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 39 17 13 30 50
2002-03 U. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 40 21 16 37 20
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I watched him play last week against UMinn, and he had a bad game, didn't do anything most of the night in a very good game. It was hard to see that he was named the player of the year in his conference, but it seemed to be just an off game from some of the people I've talked to. He doesn't have a big frame, but skates well, has a decent shot. I've only seen him the one time, but I'd be surprised to see the Habs getting him, although it wouldn't hurt and would be cool to see.

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